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"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Steve Jobs 1955-2011," Oct. 22, 2011

The eyes have it

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is on a mission to defend the honor of the humble potato. Guidelines recently introduced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would dramatically reduce the use of potatoes in public-school lunch programs across the nation. The USDA says students should limit starchy vegetables like potatoes, lima beans, and corn to only two servings per week. That, says Sen. Collins, is nonsense. "I certainly agree that French fries is not the healthiest choice, but a baked potato can be a good source of potassium for our children," said Collins, who represents one of the 10 largest potato-growing states. Collins said she and her starchy allies in Idaho and Colorado will attempt to strip funding for the anti-potato measure from the USDA budget sometime this autumn.

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